(Photo grabbed from Korean Cultural Center's Facebook page)

MANILA – Ahead of the opening of the Korean Cultural Center (KCC) in the Philippines in March, its chief said they worked hard to showcase both traditional and modern Korean culture in the facility.

"We've been trying and preparing very hard. However, I am afraid (thinking) what if we can't satisfy people enough as there are high expectations of Korean culture. There are a few points we focused on while discussing how to fill the space. One thing is the harmony between the tradition and the modern," KCC Director Im Young A told the Philippine News Agency on Wednesday.

Im said the new building would showcase traditional Korean culture such as Hansik (Korean food), Hangeul (Korean alphabet), and Hanbok (traditional Korean clothing) with modern technology to make it more interesting.

People could appreciate the motion-graphicalized traditional contents produced by the National Museum of Korea through the big LED screen set in the lobby area.

"Also, people can heal their minds and get brave for the hopeful future through our special exhibition 'Punghwa, Light of Asean', the kinetic media art using lights," she said.

Im has been the KCC director for almost two years, and her term coincided with the establishment of the new facility.

"I would like to express my gratitude to the people who have been waiting for us for such a long time. I am really grateful to be able to open our new building during the pandemic. I can't say that all the processes for constructing and opening the building were easy and smooth. This makes me more joyful that KCC can offer people the Korean culture in the Philippines, especially in this trying time," Im said.

She expressed hope that KCC in the Philippines could join the Filipinos as the country heads back to the "normal".

Meanwhile, KCC is inviting the public to grab the chance to win virtual backstage access, interact with idols, and win raffle prizes. All they need to do is to share a greeting; describe what living the Korean culture is like in three words; and share how Korean culture has made their lives more colorful.

They could send their entries until February 28 via a google form: tinyurl.com/KnnectedForever2022.

One hundred individuals will receive the virtual backstage pass while 50 others will receive a kit they could use as virtual players of various missions during the online program on March 12 via the KCC's Youtube channel.

P-pop group, SB19 and former 2NE1 member turned soloist, Minzy, will perform during the building launch.

The new building is located at 59 Bayani Road, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. (PNA)